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Janashakti’s top leader, Devender alias Amar, arrested
In a deathblow to the CPI (ML) Janashakti, the Andhra Pradesh Police arrested the outfit’s central committee member Kura Devender alias Amar, 47, from a hideout in Pune, Maharashtra. His arrest has left the naxalite’s lose its entire leadership.
IN A deathblow to the Communist Party Of India (Marxist – Leninist) Janashakti, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested the outfit’s central committee member Kura Devender alias Amar, 47, from a hideout in Pune, Maharashtra, on Saturday night.
 
Amar, who is from Vemulawad of Karimnagar district in Andhra Pradesh, participated in peace talks with the Andhra government as the Janashakti emissary. His elder brother and top Janashakti leader Kura Rajanna, was arrested in Uttar Pradesh in 2006.

He is the party central committee member. With his arrest, the naxalite group is said to have lost its entire top leadership.
 
A police team arrested Amar in Pune based on a tip-off, said the Karimnagar SP, Y Gangadhar. He said Amar, who is wanted in over 30 cases including murder and arson, was nabbed while attempting to draft new recruits to strengthen the outfit, which has been virtually wiped out in AP.
 
According to the SP, Amar admitted that the Janashakti had suffered major losses in the aftermath of the peace talks with the government and said that he was now prepared to live as a “revolutionary democrat.” Gangadhar dismissed the earlier reports about Amar having surrendered as, baseless.
 
Amar, who had his primary education in Vemulawada, intermediate in Sircilla and degree in SRR Government Degree College in Karimnagar, went underground in 1983. He is popularly known as ‘Mithra’ due to his flair for writing revolutionary songs. Amar’s wife, Vimala, earned wide acclaim as a member of the Janashakti cultural wing. Amar and his brother Rajanna led the movement, with Sircilla division as its base.
The downfall of the Janashakti, which was launched 16 years ago, started with the surrender of 46 of the outfit’s members in 2002. This followed by the encounter killing of another top leader, Riyaz, and the arrest of Rajanna.
 
With the latest arrest, none of the Janashakti’s top leadership remains in its bastion of Karimnagar. A senior police official said, “The Janashakti has been wiped out totally except for a few small groups which are not ideologically committed but are common extortionists.”
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